I have recently bought some bamboo needles, and my friend Stephen makes his own knitting needles from dowel rods. I use them to play around with remembering how to knit for the girls when they wish to play with knitting. In the vase on the right, I have a set of Brittany Black Walnut crochet hooks, that I just had to have when Brittany decided they were no longer going to make any more Black Walnut hooks. Now, they produce strictly birch hooks and they are equally beautiful.
The super tall hook in the middle of this picture is a J. Higgins, 18" S Tunisian Hook, my mom bought me last year at Stitches South. I made this bath mat with 5 strands of worsted weight cotton held together, Tunisian knit stitch. It is the softest, thickest bath mat your feet could touch.
As I have with yarn, I accquire hooks, I believe you can never have too many hooks, and manufacturers continue creating so many. I recently gave away some glitter acrylic hooks to some of my yarn friends. These hooks, I have retired, or stashing them for when I need them. For instance, who doesn't need light up hooks for crocheting at night in the car. Sometime within the last 20 years, Boye stopped making their hooks in the USA, so I have a set of those in this box. Now Boye hooks are manufactured in China, as are most things we buy.
In this case I have all my anytime hooks, I use this for everything and anything. As I contemplate which yarn to choose for a project, I then contemplate which hook should I choose, do I need a comfort grip for a more time consuming project or a basic one if it is a quicky item. I also bought a Kollage square hook last year at Stitches South and I am wondering if I am going to get another this year. As you can see I will be trying a Hiya Hiya hook soon too.
Now onto my most recent acquistions... you may have seen a picture of the V hook, T-shirt rug from the book, So Pretty Crochet. Well, I had to find a V hook, and have seen hooks all the way up to Z now. While trying to acquire a V hook, I am still searching, but I did buy some ChiaGoo bamboo tunisian hooks as well as a R, S, T, and a U hooks from Stitch Dragon, very reasonable prices and inexpensive shipping. I do shop around.